Collegiate Corner

Published April 30, 2015

The men’s and women’s golf programs from Oakland University each finished in second place at the Horizon League Championship, which took place April 24-26 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

It was the second consecutive runner-up finish for the women’s team at the championship.

Oakland sophomore Morgan Smith finished second at the tournament, which is the best individual finish in program history. She finished the tournament one stroke behind Emily Dixon from Youngstown State University.

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Published April 23, 2015

Gary Bryce is in his 34th season as the softball coach at Wayne State University.

During his tenure, Wayne State has made it to the NCAA Tournament 19 times and has advanced as far as the NCAA Division II College World Series three times. That kind of track record helps to create a healthy program.

“I think we’re one of the top Division II programs in the country, year in, year out,” said Bryce, who acknowledged the great job by his assistants.

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Published April 19, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — In recent years, a genuine rivalry seems to have developed between athletic teams from the University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University.

The person who may have the most unique perspective regarding that rivalry is Mark Engel. After spending 24 seasons as Detroit’s men’s golf coach, he is now the interim coach at Oakland, as he joined the Golden Grizzlies staff last summer.

“The folks at Oakland have really made me feel welcome,” Engel said.

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Published April 16, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland University’s men’s basketball team has had one former player pass away from cancer, another player lose his mother to cancer and another whose “father is going through it,” according to head coach Greg Kampe.

Kampe also has some friends who have been touched by cancer.

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Published April 14, 2015

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Love at first sight doesn’t only apply to people and interpersonal relationships.

For Clinton Township Chippewa Valley senior Grace Cooke, it applies to her feelings once she set foot onto the campus of Colorado Springs-based Colorado College. Cooke, a member of the Chippewa Valley chapter of the National Honor Society with a 4.0 grade-point average, earned an academic scholarship to the private school. Cooke will play volleyball at the school, as well.

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Published April 8, 2015

While there are a lot of things a college coach can say to entice a potential recruit, Wayne State University women’s golf head coach Mike Horn had a selling point that may have been challenging for competitors to match — the opportunity to make history.

Although Wayne State, which competes at the NCAA Division II level, has had a men’s golf program for many years, it didn’t have a women’s golf team.

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Published March 31, 2015

This past season, Rochester College men’s basketball coach Klint Pleasant won his 100th game since taking over head coaching duties for the Warriors.

The achievement came in what was just Pleasant’s fourth season as Rochester College’s head coach.

“It means a whole lot,” said Pleasant, who also added that it is a “blessing to be able to do what I’m doing.”

During his tenure as head coach, Rochester College has won a USCAA national championship (2012-2013) and finished as runner-up another season.

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Published March 26, 2015

The Horizon League Golf Championship is scheduled for April 24-26 at Las Colinas in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, and if recent history is any indication, the road to the women’s title may have to go through the University of Detroit Mercy.

The Titans have won three of the last five championships and will enter this season’s tournament as back-to-back champions.

Given all the recent success, it probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise if the expectation level is high within Detroit’s program.

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Published March 19, 2015

Wayne State University's men's and women's tennis programs are scheduled to host a Make-A-Wish fundraising event March 21 at the Peachtree Tennis Club in Clinton Township.

The event will feauture games and is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Wayne State men's head tennis coach Bryan Morrow was quoted in a release.

"We are excited to host an event where 100 percent of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation. I want to thank Peachtree Tennis Club for hosting this event. We are looking forward to a fun night."

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Published March 17, 2015

ROCHESTER — The season has come to a close for the Oakland University men's basketball team, as it fell 97-91 to Eastern Illinois in the first round of the Postseason Tournament March 17 at the Athletics Center O'rena.

Oakland had won 11 consecutive home games prior to its loss to Eastern Illinois. It was Oakland's fourth appearance in the CIT and its first loss at home, as the team now has a 4-1 home record in the CIT.

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Published February 25, 2015

The Macomb Community College women's basketball team won the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Eastern Conference title following a 48-44 overtime win against Mott Community College Feb. 25 at the Sports & Expo Center in Warren.

The Monarchs (13-3 MCCAA Eastern Conference, 22-6 overall) were trailing 42-40 until St. Clair Shores Lake Shore High School graduate Carly Vargo made two free throws to tie the game at 42 with 1.9 seconds remaining on the game clock.

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Published February 4, 2015

While having to decide which sport to play at the collegiate level may seem like a good problem to have, for Macomb L’Anse Creuse North graduate Tyler Sirut, it left him with a difficult decision to make.

According to Sirut, he was getting looks from Division II and Division III schools to play football, as he was a three-year varsity player for LCN, where he played on the defensive line. And then there was the opportunity he was offered to compete for Oakland University’s NCAA Division I Track & Field program.

Not an easy call to make.

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Published July 8, 2014

WEST BLOOMFIELD — While the transition from high school to collegiate athletics can be challenging for many athletes, former West Bloomfield High cross country and track runner Erin Finn seems to have adjusted just fine, as evidenced by coming away from her freshman season at the University of Michigan with some lofty accomplishments.

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Published May 14, 2014

Up until his junior year at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, if you would have asked Israel Helms, whose hometown is Southfield, about his prospects for making it to the NCAA as a football player, he might have told you he didn’t think he had much of a shot.

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Published April 16, 2014

BERKLEY — When she was approximately 16 years old, current University of Detroit Mercy track and field athlete Brandee Hart decided to act on a suggestion by her mother that changed the direction of her life.

While she was a student at Berkley High School, when it came to athletics, Hart’s primary focus was basketball. If any sport was going to lead to a college scholarship, as far as she was concerned, it was going to be basketball.

But her mother, Sylvia, had a different idea. She thought her daughter was “naturally good” at track and field.

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Published March 4, 2014

ROCHESTER — The men's basketball game between No. 6 seed Oakland University and No. 7 seed Youngstown State University was the first time a postseason league game was ever played inside the O'Rena, and the Golden Grizzlies took advantage of the opportunity, coming away with a 96-92 overtime victory in an opening-round game of the Horizon League tournament.

Despite trailing by eight points with under three minutes remaining on the clock, Oakland got some big shots toward the end of regulation to force overtime.

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Published January 22, 2014

As part of a food drive put together by the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA), local community colleges will be accepting nonperishable food items at upcoming men’s and women’s basketball games.

Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College, Henry Ford Community College and Wayne County Community College District will each be a part of “The Hunger Games.”

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Published January 14, 2014

For three years in a row, Rochester Hills native and gymnast Alyssa Shermetaro sustained injuries that kept her out for months at a time.

Aside from dealing with those injuries, Shermetaro said she trains approximately 19 hours per week during the school year and 25 in the summer.

And while Shermetaro may have had some ‘why am I doing this?’ moments along the way, she was rewarded for all the time, effort and perseverance with a full-ride scholarship to the University of Washington.

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Published November 12, 2013

At some point along the way this season, after defeating “presumed bigger programs,” Oakland Community College volleyball coach Jeffrey Stark said “(assistant coach) Meg (Dyer) and I realized we were in for a pretty special ride with this group.”

While he may have liked what he was seeing from his team, even Stark may not have fully realized how good things were going to get.

The Raiders are 34-2 on the season and have captured two championships.

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Published October 9, 2013

The basketball teams from the University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University have taken their first step toward trying to achieve their season goals, as the men’s and women’s squads from both schools have begun practice.

The men’s teams from both schools got started Sept. 27. The women’s team from UDM opened camp Sept. 30, followed by the Golden Grizzlies Oct. 1.

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